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Fashion Month begins by Mike Tyle

Fashion Week has begun! Naturally I LOVE it.

I had almost forgotten about Fashion Night Out which was here on Friday night in Düsseldorf. It is always fun to see everyone dressed up for the occasion and having a good time! A lot of stores along Königsallee (Germany's busiest, luxury shopping street) had special events and parties. I met up with a friend of mine and tried to hit up as many stores as possible and see what specials were going on. Most of our luck was spent trying new cocktails, whoops!

In other news I have been diligently working away on the city guides which I have written in earlier post about. I have also decided to add the current city I live in, Düsseldorf, as well as my home town area just for fun and to show that even in a place not as well recognized as Paris or Berlin there are still things to see and do. 

Sadly, 2 photo shoots I was set to be styling this weekend have been canceled because of bad weather. Damn you Germany and your rain! Hopefully the rescheduled day will cooperate.

To end the post here are a couple random outfits from the past week. I think the best thing about fashion is you can wake up and be yourself but show it in a different way everyday. There is something about having a distinct look where people know your style, which is great. I would say that while I usually gravitate toward similar items when shopping I also like to mix it up. Maybe one day dress in a more business look, then the next an easy comfy casual style or something darker. It all depends on my mood.

Blurred lines.

Sweater- Vintage bought in Antwerp (been wearing it non-stop!) , T-shirt- Zara, Jeans- Levi's, Shoes- Mr. B's, bag- Opening Ceremony

closer look at the shoes.

I love how a simple t-shirt can easily become more intricate just by adding symmetrical dividing seams.

A friend of mine, Maksim , has a great eye for light and always has his vintage camera (1958) on him randomly took this pic of me at work the other day.

Odd camera angle... but was heading off to work and the lighting was great!

Shirt- Rick Owens Drkshdw (sample say, hey!), Pants- Marc by Marc Jacobs (oldie but goodies)

restful weekend by Mike Tyle

Usually Monday begins with countdown to the weekend that is unless I have a deadline creeping up on a Friday. Luckily this past Friday was a great day to start off the weekend and the work that was due was a nice surprise to the usual.

The F/W14 kick-off process started with the dept. meeting off-site at a new fave restaurant: zimmer no. 01 (will def. be on the city map hint hint of things to come). It's always great to get out of the office, away from e-mails and get creative working as a group to define our "guy". The homework was to bring 3 items that can be used for the season.

I brought a couple of magazines I am always inspired from: the Heritage Post (great article on tattooing btw) and German GQ Style, featuring a rough looking yet sexy as always Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover. I added a vintage sweater I had just bought in Antwerp that had a nice washed down red color and features several knit structures I found interesting. For good measure I added a 4th Item; a t-shirt from the Rising Sun (a brand I can't help but Stan for) that I received a while ago and is my go to t-shirt. It has a great lived-in feel, a nice slub effect and a cool vintage-esque Cone Denim graphic.

Cardigan- vintage, T-shirt- the Rising Sun co.

Can we talk about how yummy the food at zimmer. no 01 was?

Breakfast. I ate it all.

Salad with red currant and goat cheese. I died.

Coconut curry w/ prawns. Messy but worth it.

After work hors d'oeuvres... don't mind if I do!

The rest of the weekend was just as nice full of food, friends and lounging about. I am lucky.

View from the Rheinufer bank in Düsseldorf

Ikea and college by Mike Tyle

It happened. Ikea made me it's bitch yet again. 

But now I have nice things and my apartment is slowly coming together. I am going for a contemporary minimalistic sort of look. Hence paired down walls and clean lines mixed with pops of bright colors.

I am also hoping to painting a sort of Missoni chevron along one wall of my living room. I'll keep you updated if things go as planned. 

Also, I have been lucky enough to be asked by my alma mater to speak at Career Day. I am incredibly excited and humbled that the Apparel Merchandising & Design department at CMU feels I have already reached a point where I can give advice and guidance to the young professionals whom I will someday considered my peers. I remember always being excited for Career Day when I was an undergraduate. It's great to see people who have completed the program and are making a life for themselves after.

In other news work has been well. August is a good month in Europe. Most people are on vacation, which means September will be a bit stressful. Can't wait! In the mean time I have been able to do some mean BBQing and of course hitting up the end of les soldes.

New shoes- Esprit

I love a colored sole.

Cardigan- H&M, T-shirt- COS

new coffee table!

In the bedroom.

View out to the balcony.

Ready to eat!